Leanne Mits – Early Childhood Teacher of the Year

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Leanne Mits, Pope Road Kindergarten, Blackburn:  Early Childhood Teacher of the Year (2019)

Leanne has an unwavering commitment to early childhood learning and is dedicated to providing children with a rich and rewarding educational experience. Her practice combines current teaching skills with broader thinking of what early childhood education means and the importance of children’s formative years.

She believes strongly in connecting children with the history, culture and stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and has led development of the kindergarten’s Reconciliation Action Plan.

Leanne’s commitment to early learning has evolved through progressive thinking and continued research. 

Victorian Early Years Awards

The Victorian Early Years Awards celebrate the exceptional contributions that individuals and organisations make to improving the learning and development of young children and their families.

Winners of the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards

Winners of the 2019 Victorian Early Years Awards were announced on Tuesday 22 October at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

There was a strong shortlist of 20 organisations and individuals from across the state who received awards at the ceremony. Seven organisations, and one early childhood teacher of the year, were recognised for their achievements and contributions to the Victorian early childhood education and care sector.

Category 6: Early Childhood Teacher of the Year

Awarded to an early childhood teacher who demonstrates innovation and exemplary practice in early childhood education, and making a significant contribution to the development and delivery of high quality early childhood education programs that improve outcomes for children.


Leanne Mits – Early Childhood Teacher of the Year Recipient